Save Historic Harsh Home from Demolition

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Jeanette Grimm
Aug 17, 2021
I believe it is important to save things of beauty and historical importance to future generations!

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Robert Carillio
Aug 16, 2021
Tearing down historic structures should be history! Why are you making the same stupid mistakes, Warren?

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Delores Mozina
Aug 16, 2021
I'm from Warren and love the old Victorian homes.

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Nancy Wyman
Aug 16, 2021
I believe the developer who purchased this property bears most of the responsibility for the fate of this classic example of Victorian architecture right in the downtown historic district long known as “Millionaires Row.” Why are they not being penalized for allowing this already distressed property to degrade into such deplorable condition when they pledged to restore it? The corners of the Packard Apartments next door which they also purchased are being held together with wood bracing. The City does not own either of these properties, but I believe public funds were used and both have been sitting for years with very little construction going on. Since you asked me, the timeline of events really points to the probability that the Harsh House was purchased for a parking lot for the Packard Apartments all along. Why else would the owners allow it to be vandalized and stripped of all the architectural features, fixtures and woodwork! Not so much as a security system. Where is the accountability? Did the owner make an insurance claim for this loss? Do they get to just say oh, well, it got stripped - now we’ll just have to tear it down? I do understand the cost to restore such a property, but what is the cost to destroy it? I’m sure there is a solution to this problem, and Nicholas Kafantaris deserves a lot of credit for shining a spotlight on this issue. It would be a travesty for this historic home to be torn down by the company who said they would restore it.

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THERESA BARBE
Aug 16, 2021
History needs to be saved.

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Bob Cain
Aug 15, 2021
History must be preserved.

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Julie Rohl
Aug 5, 2021
This home may be now missing many of its interior defining features, but in light of the many structures Warren has lost, saving this for restoration even in its compromised state feels all that more urgent.

Perhaps if the developer could allocate budgeted demolition funds they could be combined with city funds (CDBG? Line item request? Landbank funds, as they are capable of renovating and not just demolishing structures) and it could be move it to one on the now empty landbank lots nearby, or if the owner of the property next door to the Julia Harsh House would donate or sell enough of that property, then an individual or entity could rehabilitate the home and the apartment building could still have its parking lot, creating a winning situation for all involved.

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Mary Anne Kale
Jul 16, 2021
We need to take the advice of the study we funded that advised us to play to our strengths.

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Lisa Lavelle
Jul 1, 2021
We have erased so much history. Stop destroying and start restoring. We are a society that is so watseful and looking for quick fixes. STOP and maintain the beautiful things around us.

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diane weenum
Jul 1, 2021
I want to save these historical homes !! They can never be replaced once gone.let future generations see what was once here/